Actor-writer Sumeet Vyas known for his digital series in TVF’s ‘Permanent Roommates’ (2014), and his appearance in ‘English Vinglish’ (2012), recently shot to fame with his performance in ‘Veere Di Wedding’ (2018), spoke about his work and relationship with Ekta Kaul.
In an interview with Mid-day, Vyas reveals how ‘Veere Di Wedding’ (2018) has been a game changer for him. “In a good way, yes, things are different. I won’t say it changed my life, but it added to the roles I was being offered. Once there is a successful film, people take you more seriously. People are less afraid to put their money on me now.”
Vyas who’s ambition was always acting, found his writing skills to be his forte. “I always wanted to act, but writing was working better for me. I am choosy about the roles I do, which leaves me with a lot of forced free time. Rather than gyming, I prefer to use the time productively and channel my energy in the right direction. A few things I wrote did well, which helped me establish myself as a writer.”
Due to his acting career taking off, Vyas says he back in the front seat with writing. “In the last year and a half, acting has taken centre stage. But I am back to writing the second season of ‘Tripling’. It is hard to please TVF, they are tough taskmasters.”
Things are also looking on the up for Vyas as he gets ready to marry the ‘Mere Angne Mein’ TV actress next month in Jammu. “We actually met six years ago when we were shooting for a pilot of a television show which never took off. I met her again on a show I was hosting, where she was a contestant. We kept in touch. I called her for a play few months later; I just wanted to impress her [laughs]. I don’t have one-liners, just the straightforward approach worked. At the core of it, she is ambitious, kind and her values are intact. I love that she isn’t filmy. Sadly, films are all I used to talk about, my friends and family are from this industry. I discovered the art of conversation with her. We don’t discuss common people we know or criticise projects that aren’t good enough. She became the home I could come back to and disconnect from work. I love that we both are desi. It was a moment of sheer astonishment when she said she likes me too. That’s love, it requires no logic and no reason.”
Previously Vyas had been married to Shivani Tanksale, but unfortunately their relationship didn’t pan out. “We were intelligent people, who knew after a point, that we can’t make each other happy. In the effort to sustain a marriage, we were losing out a friendship. I moved out of the house and lived alone for the first time in my life. The bad days were terrible — I had a drinking phase for seven months. It wasn’t easy for Ekta, because I wasn’t fully present in the first few months of our relationship. My guard was up. Writing kept me going. Anything I experience is a story waiting to be told. It’s a blessing as an artiste, but the person is killed a stab at a time.”